The only member of this genus, which belongs to the Colchicaceae family of autumn crocus, is Gloriosa superba. Gloriosa is a branching, semi-woody climber that grows to a height of around 5 meters. This highly variable, deciduous, summer-growing tuberous plant originates from tropical and southern Africa and temperate and tropical Asia (from China to India). It is known by a number of common names, including gloriosa lily, glory lily, fire lily, cat's claw or tiger's claw, kalihari, or Langli (in ayurveda). It is grown as a perennial in mild climates and as a summer "bulb"
Gloriosa is a hot-potency herb that is used in ayurvedic medicine for dysentery, piles, anti-inflammation, joint discomfort, skin conditions, and abortion. Gloriosa contains the alkaloid colchicine, which has been successfully used to treat acute gout, intestinal worms, infertility, wounds, and other skin issues, according to scientific research. Gout and rheumatism are both treated with colchicine. Gloriosa is currently the medication of choice for acute gout because it lessens the inflammatory response to urate crystals that have been deposited in the joints. The glory lily, also known as langli, has also been used to induce abortions, as a laxative, and as a treatment for snake bites.
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